Manhole Monday: Kochi

I'm currently in Kochi Prefecture for a few days, a place I visited several years ago but not to any great extent. On that visit, we of course enjoyed an obligatory castle stop - Kochi-jo is one of the twelve original castles remaining in Japan - and ate some excellent tataki (seared bonito). Aside from... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Omishima

Two years ago, my husband had a work event in Shikoku and as luck would have it, he could bring the family along. So we trekked off to Kochi, with a long winding sidetrip through Tokushima and Ehime on the way back to Kyushu. And while we took the ferry over, we decided to drive... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Takamatsu

Oh, summertime. You have arrived with a vengeance. My plans for the week include leaving the comfort of my air-conditioned apartment purely to seek out chilled noodles (hiyashi) and shaved ice (kakigori) before returning once more to the bearable temperature of my apartment. This, of course, is a good thing for all of you readers out there,... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Kotohira

While I was in Shikoku this past week, I spent some time exploring Kotohira, a small town (no more than a village, really) in the western part of Takamatsu Prefecture. Kotohira is best known for its shrine, Kotohira-jingu or Kompira-san. This Shinto shrine has allegedly been around since the 1st century, and enshrines a kami (god)... Continue Reading →

Friday Photo: May 2016

There's been a decided lack of blog posts this week (sorry!) but I'll excuse myself by saying that I am off gathering new material. When life calms down again, I have more than enough to keep me in front of my computer screen for a whole new series of posts. For the moment, though, I'm... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Kami

It's hard to believe that in a few months, my daughter will turn 5 years old. That's around the age when kids in Japan start to give up their Anpanman obsession, much like American kindergarten kids abandon Sesame Street and hide their Elmo dolls in the closet. We thankfully haven't quite gotten over Anpanman yet (I'm... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Imabari

Whew, this Tokyo heat is interminable. The calendar is inching its way into September and I am not the only one in my family willing it to go faster so we get to the cooler temperatures quicker! Yesterday, we braved the humidity and headed for the Shinagawa Aquarium with friends. While the aquarium itself was... Continue Reading →

Great Gardens: Makino Botanical Garden

Japan is well-known for its traditional gardens but I've recently discovered that its botanical gardens can be equally impressive. On a recent trip to Kochi Prefecture in Shikoku in late March, I spent an afternoon exploring the vast grounds of the Makino Botanical Garden, which enjoys a superb location on Mt Godai just a short... Continue Reading →

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